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Phosphorus and zinc fertilization in fodder cowpea - A review

Deepak Kumar Rathore, Rakesh Kumar1, Magan singh, V.K. Meena, Uttam Kumar, Pooja Soni Gupta, Taramani Yadav, Govind Makarana
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1<p>Forage Research and Management Centre,&nbsp;ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal-132 001, India.</p>
Cite article:- Rathore Kumar Deepak, Kumar1 Rakesh, singh Magan, Meena V.K., Kumar Uttam, Gupta Soni Pooja, Yadav Taramani, Makarana Govind (2015). Phosphorus and zinc fertilization in fodder cowpea - A review . Agricultural Reviews. 36(4): 333-338. doi: 10.18805/ag.v36i4.6670.

Phosphorus is a key nutrient for increasing productivity of legumes. It is required for plant growth and root development. Phosphorus deficiency in soil is widespread and crops grown under deficient situation show significant response to fertilizer phosphorus. At several places normal yield of crops could not be achieved despite judicious use of NPK fertilizers due to deficiency of micronutrients in soil, in general, that of Zn in particular. The knowledge regarding the use of optimum dose of nutrients especially Phosphorus and Zinc is of serious concern. The literature about the performance of fodder cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) in relation to phosphorus and zinc nutrition is reviewed in this paper.

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